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Twitter Pulls Accounts of Fake Black Trump Supporters

Analysts say there are signs of Russian involvement

(Newser) - Dozens of fake Twitter accounts that featured photos of Black people taken from news reports and messages including "YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP" have been suspended. It's not clear who created the accounts, some of which had tens of thousands of followers, but Clemson University... More »

Twitter Puts New Rules in Place for Election

Politicians can't declare victory on their own

(Newser) - Twitter is going to look and feel slightly different over the coming days. Per the Washington Post , the social media platform will be putting in place guardrails to mitigate misleading and false tweets regarding the Nov. 3 election, including warnings on politicians' falsehoods and strict rules on when the election... More »

How a US Journalist Became a Tool of Russian Trolls

News website Peace Data sought to divide liberal voters with disinformation

(Newser) - Actors linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency recruited US journalists to contribute to a news website that was critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an attempt to sow division among liberal voters, Facebook said Tuesday. Tipped off by the FBI, Facebook removed 13 accounts and two pages... More »

Amid Spread of Misinformation, Whispers on FB's Next Move

Sources tell Bloomberg the social media platform is considering banning political ads before election

(Newser) - Facebook has been struggling lately over a massive advertiser boycott , partly driven by the company's refusal to address political ads spreading misinformation on the platform. Now, people familiar with Facebook's thinking say the company is considering banning political ads in the days leading up to the November election,... More »

Report: Chinese Agents Spread US COVID-19 Panic

Text messages claimed military was preparing to lock down entire country

(Newser) - Warnings in mid-March that the US government was about to use the military to lock down the entire country were disseminated by Chinese operatives seeking to spread panic and undermine the government, intelligence agencies believe. Officials tell the New York Times that the misinformation spread on social media and through... More »

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